A devastated woman is warning other pet owners to be vigilant after claiming her kitten was drowned – and then dumped in the road to make it look like she had been hit by a car.
Maxime Shakespeare appealed to friends, neighbours and the RSPCA for help when her 10-month old tabby kitten called Twinkle went missing from her home in Wednesbury on June 15.
Three days later the animal charity phoned the estate agent to tell her Twinkle had been found dead and soaking wet in a gutter more than a mile from her home.
Miss Shakespeare, of Park Lane, said: “I’m totally devastated and don’t understand why anyone would do this to such a harmless animal.
“Twinkle was such a gentle cat, I miss her very much. When the RSPCA called to say they’d found her I was over moon, but they quickly told me she had been found dead.
“They said they thought the cat had not died on the road, but had been drowned and then dumped. I still can’t believe it.”
Miss Shakespeare already had 10 cats. She started with two, Sophie and Katie, 13 years ago, but as an estate agent she picked up cats abandoned in homes.
A year ago she picked up a cat from a home in Wednesbury called Tinkerbell. The cat was pregnant and gave birth to a litter of five, which included Twinkle.
Since the kitten’s death, Miss Shakespeare has put up extra fencing in her garden and warned other pet owners. She said: “Other people need to be warned there is someone out there who has done this. I’d also encourage people to get their animals chipped.”
Nicola Walker, spokesman for RSPCA, said: “We believe that the cat could have been drowned and then the body dumped.” An investigation is being carried out and anyone with information should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.